and the berlin film festival gets under way. we go live to the red carpet. they are not breeding and size of relief in athens just yet. >> eurozone finance ministers are in emergency meetings in% brussels, signalling there are still too and it wants to clear up before raese can receive the second bailout. eu and imf are demanding. >> after days of political wrangling in athens, greek finance minister wasted no time in getting brussels the news. >> we are here finally to settle an agreement for a new strong and credible program. we hope for a deal with private creditors on the basic fundamentals of the psi.
we need now the political endorsement of the europe group. >> you and imf leaders were frustrated by greece's reluctance to agree to further austerity measures -- the u.s. and imf leaders -- eu and imf leaders. >> we will hear the report on the state of negotiations. i do not think we will have any results tonight. those are the signs. the talks are well advanced, but they are not that far along yet. >> but unity in the greek parliament is being met with anger on the streets of athens. the greek public is opposed to more painful spending cuts. unions are keeping up the pressure on the government ahead of a 48-hour strike to begin on friday. >> let's pull in our brussels correspondent.
germany's finance minister just telling reporters that we are not there yet when it comes to dishing out the money to greece. what more does brussels what? >> eu economic affairs chief said it as well -- they want concrete action such as legislation. in the past, the greeks have met a lot of promises, but some things were just never fulfilled, partly because the right structures were not in place, and greek interior politics also plays a crucial role. we are dealing with a government under prime minister papademos, and the europeans want a signature that no matter who the greek prime minister is, that they will all stick to what is being agreed, so these factors are factored in. another crucial factor is that the troika report is still missing. europeans want a clear sign from
the international monetary fund as well regarding the question -- has greece complied with all actions needed in order for the funds to be released? >> there is a long list of things that brussels still wants. can even begin to expect a concrete agreement tonight? >> tonight is definitely an important step, but we are not expecting a concrete deal. the greek parliament has not even vote on the deal yet. that is expected to be happening on sunday. the question is -- are there enough private creditors who are willing to commit to the restructuring? the role of the european central bank is unclear, so there are a lot of things for the finance ministers to discuss, but we will not know tonight whether or not raese can stay in the eurozone. >> feels like we have been here before many times. thank you very much. >> to syria now. reports of a bloodbath in the besieged city of homs. >> activists say at least 110
civilians have died today, the six day of a massive offensive by the president's military. >> heavy shells are again falling on homs. the city of 1 million people is seeing its fifth straight day of bombardment. opposition activists say dozens of people have been killed in the latest attacks. the arab league wants to step up international action together with the united nations. >> yesterday, i spoke with the arab league's second general about how to end the killings and began political negotiations. he informed me that he intends to send the arab league observer mission back to syria and ask for the help of the united nations. >> ban said the failure to agree on a resolution had only
encouraged the regime to continue its war against its own people. the european union has begun drawing up plans for a possible evacuation of europeans still in the country. syrians, though, can only look on as their country descends further into bloodshed. >> germany is expelling four syrian diplomats, the latest twist in a spat over alleged spying. suspected agents -- agents are suspected of acting against syrian edgerton and living in exile. >> they say the four syrians are expected actions incompatible with their diplomatic status. there is also follows the arrest on tuesday of another two syrians. >> on tuesday, by some in the syrian ambassador. i told him clearly that any activity by the syrian state against syrian opposition supporters in germany will not
be tolerated. >> in recent weeks, syria opposition supporters have repeatedly demonstrated outside the country's embassy in berlin. the diplomats and their families have been given three days to leave germany. >> our political affairs correspondent joins us. give us a bit more background to this story. >> the german foreign minister implied a connection between these explosions and the arrest earlier in the week of two foreign nationals who have been charged with spying on syrian political activists here. those men who were arrested are not officially at least members of staff of the syrian embassy. otherwise, that would have had diplomatic immunity and the police would not have been able to arrest them, but the foreign minister clearly believes there is a link between these men and the syrian embassy, and under international law, of course, he
is entitled to expel syrian diplomats in retaliation without giving any justification for this decision and, in fact, without justifying it in front of an accord. >> and number of western countries have been withdrawing ambassadors from damascus. what about germany? >> germany has not. i am sure there is a coordinated policy within the european union. foreign ministers of european union countries have definitely been discussing it. it is not uncommon in a crisis situation when eu foreign ministers are recalled by their countries, either because the situation is too dangerous or as a diplomatic protest, but one senior diplomat is left in order to cover the interest of the european union in that fluid situation. >> thanks for the analysis. >> all right, some business news now. shares in german carmaker diamond shot up today. it is announced been -- german
carmaker daimler. >> record sales were announced it. >> some of the best results in the company's history. last year, it sold over 2 million vehicles, 11 percent more than in 2010. profits hit record levels. >> we definitely see mercedes growing more than this 4%, and with very heavy investments into the future for our portfolio expansion co2 reductions, we intend to maintain the record level profitability we accomplished this year -- profits we accomplished this year. >> more than half of revenues came from mercedes-benz cars, but it also expanded sales of trucks, vans, and buses. in addition, the company's financial-services division did business of more than 12 billion euros.
dialer -- daimler says it can continue the positive trend. it plans to continue to sell cars in europe and asia, but overall growth is not expected to be quite so high. >> the results made a big splash on the frankfurt stock exchange, but not big enough to take the minds of traders of the eurozone debt crisis. >> great relief here on the frankfurt floor over the agreement in athens paving the way for a bailout for greece. the question is not the matter of spending money in order to bail out greece but rather to gain some time. why? because that would give italy and spain, much larger countries which are also been under pressure in the financial markets recently, not so much in the past days, but in the past months, more time to clean up their budgets and to make progress on their reforms.
that would be good for the eurozone people. it is still up in the air with the european central bank will participate in a debt write down along with the private banks and insurers. at least mario draghi, the president of the ecb, left the door open for such for dissipation in his press conference after the council meeting this thursday. he did leave the rates unchanged at a record low 1%. that was expected by the markets. daimler -- that result was not expected. with better than results -- with better, the results for 2011, and market participants expected. as a shares to the top of the dax, police bmw -- pulling bmw along with it. >> the german dax closing up 5.5%. euro stocks picked up by 1/3 of 8%. the dow industrials retreating
up in positive territory as well. the euro looking very green. $1.31806 is the number. >> minute reason in berlin, but that will law stop the red carpet this weekend. the event for film buffs here in berlin under way this weekend. the festival opens tonight with "there well, my queen -- "farewell, my queen." jake gyllenhaal was also among the stars. this year's jury is headed by veteran british filmmaker mike reid. 18 films in competition for the gold and silver bear awards. let's go to our resident film group route. you are on the red carpet
again, aren't you, scott? >> yes. i do not know that was supposed to be equipped about my age. i have been here for a while. >> you have been start watching tonight, i understand. what are you seeing? >> it is not bad. we have had better, but we have definitely had a lot worse opening nights in terms of star power. you mentioned most of the top names. directors mike lee, also. big names are coming up. angelina jolie coming tomorrow for her directorial debut, a film about the bosnian war. and i'm not sure if you are a fan of bollywood, but i love the
song and dance. >> what are you expecting this year to make the festival memorable? like i said, you have seen almost all of them. >> yes, i think there will be a lot of similar things. political films, but berlin is always known for. there is also a documentary about bob marley that i'm very interested to see by kevin mcdonald, oscar winner. i think that will be my personal highlight. to be honest, maybe the bollywood because that is what makes berlin particularly special when you have hundreds of thousands come out to celebrate an indian movie. >> not trying to make you to all. talking about all the festival that have taken place there, right? thank you very much, scott. >> we will have more in just a few minutes. >> also coming up, a very
>> welcome back, ever won. it is the most important time of the year for movie fans in berlin. >> the film festival opens tonight with hundreds of films on show. this is prime time for movies. >> indeed it is, but if you consider as herself a serious cause for, you may want to watch our report for the reality check. >> which film is being shown when and where? the berlinale film festival is the most exciting time of year. he tries to cfo your films a
day, but it is hard to keep up with all that is on offer. >> it is like a glossy catalog where you try to pick up the best items. it is fantastic. >> the cinema but has attended each and every berlinale for the last 32 years. of his souvenir backs, one holds special memories. >> this has to be one from the 59th festival a few years ago. michelle pfeiffer was in berlin. i finally got to see her in the flesh right up close. i saw her on stage, too. i think she is great. she is my favorite actress. >> this year, he goes to great lengths to make sure he does not miss anything. each evening, he camps out in front of the ticket booth. that way, he is among the first in line. >> i am is still a bit rusty. i have forgotten my pillow. i have my ear plugs. i have my sleeping gear.
>> the 49-year-old has made some good friends in the ticket line. the movie fans are a close-knit community. they all want to experience the premiers, the stars, and see films that otherwise do not make it to europe. that is why they come here well prepared. >> i've got my air bed. that is nice and sauce. my sleeping bag, that is nice and warm. it is important to make these investments. >> the long wait and the discomfort are all part of the investment he is willing to make for his passion. it all began when he was a child and a teacher gave him some berlinale tickets. today, the festival is a chance to break out of his routine as a management consultant. by next morning, the queue has grown and grown. each year, 300,000 berlinale tickets go on sale to the public. often, screenings are sold out within minutes.
but for him, the wait has been worthwhile. >> i am sitting just where i want to be, where you are up close to the stars. >> another berlinale is beginning, the start of a new adventure in some of. >> speaking of adventures, many sailors over the centuries have experienced their own drama at the rock of gibraltar. >> the iconic rock off the coast of spain has been the scene of thousands of shipwrecks, close by nature or war. >> it has also been a playground for pirates. >> also for all sorts of treasure. >> this is the very tip of europe and the point where two continents converge. from a high vantage point, africa can be cited across a narrow body of water. below lies gibraltar, the gateway to the mediterranean, a price city fought over four centuries. now, a modern-day tussle is taking place way out there under the waves.
five years ago, an american salvage crew from odyssey marine exploration discovered a vast portion of the ocean floor. using remote-controlled underwater vehicles, they brought 600,000 gold and silver coins to the surface. it was the beginning of a bitter legal dispute over the rightful owner of the treasure. he is fighting what he calls modern pirates. he says the coins were on a spanish galleon and rightfully belonged to spain, not to treasure hunters. >> odyssey surged out there for years. they had permission. but spanish authorities had no idea what they were looking for and what they found. there just were not any laws. >> for years, he followed odyssey's search vessel. he documented its movements, approving it was not searching
in the atlantic, as the crew claimed. he also pinpointed the precise coordinates of the discovery, but he could not prevent odyssey covertly transporting the coins back to its base in florida. by the time the spanish coast guard arrived, they were all gone. odyssey claimed to have found them in international waters. but after years of legal wrangling, a u.s. court has ordered odyssey to give the treasure back to the spanish government. it is vindication, but he wants stricter enforcement of marion law. >> spain issued a permit, which said odyssey can search for treasure, but cannot keep its discoveries secret, but that is exactly what it did. a spanish archaeologist should have been on board but was not. >> 200 years ago, countless
spanish ships anchored in these waters around the rock of gibraltar. hundreds more were sold in battles with the british navy -- hundreds more were sunk in battles with the british navy. historians say the ruling as a wake-up call for the spanish government, which has shown will interest in its second heritage. with no money for remote- controlled vehicles, there is little known about many d.c. sites. -- many deep sea sites. but academics what the focus away from treasure hunting and back on research. that discovery tells us a story about what happened under water. we want that information. it is about archaeology, not gold and silver. he disagrees and says spain has a duty to recover its lost
heritage, even if it means working with outside operators like odyssey. >> coming up in a moment, germany's most famous living painter at 80. >> but first, a look at some of the other stories making news. a u.s. drone attack near the afghan border has reportedly killed the head of al qaeda in pakistan. it was one of the u.s.'s most wanted targets. pakistani officials say he was behind terrorist attacks that claim hundreds of lives. that afghanistan the officials say eight children have died in an air strike on wednesday. the afghan president's office says the fatalities occurred northeast of kabul. a spokesman says a team is investigating the situation. >> police in new zealand have seized a manchin owned by a german at the center of an internet piracy case. the 2.5 million euro house belonged to a jubilant kim dotcom.
he was detained in january after his internet platform was accused of hosting copyrighted material. >> to sports now. >> exactly right. to soccer. the bundesliga have either coach after the shocking defeat. >> he had only been in charge of the team since the beginning of the season. club officials say the move was prompted by poor results. oppenheim have only had one victory in their last 10 bundesliga games. stanislavski is the fifth coach to be fired this season. the german cycling legend has been banned for two years for doping. the sport has annulled all of his results from mid-2005. that is when the court says there is proof that he was working with a spanish doctor, a specialist in blood doping. it was the first german to win
the tour de france in 1997. he did retire, though, from the sport by years ago. >> one artist turns 80 today, and to mark the occasion, a major retrospective of his work opens in berlin on sunday. >> he is one of the greatest artists of our time. few can match the vibrancy of his art and the diversity of his techniques. he was born in eastern germany but fled shortly after the berlin wall was put up. >> today, his work fetches millions on the art market. >> he has been called an artistic and million. throughout his long career, he has explored many different media and techniques. sometimes colorful and abstract, other times monochrome and realist. they are all part of his bass register of styles. -- fast register of styles. >> it is not all from the same day, and it is normal in art.
there are a lot of composers who write a range of songs -- sometimes sad, sometimes funny. >> began taking photos from newspapers and reproducing them as paintings in the 1960's. but from his family album was the inspiration for "uncle rudy in his german army uniform." he depicted rare over the shoulder glimpse of the media shy artist at work. he often works on several paintings simultaneously. using a range of techniques.
despite his repertoire of techniques, traditional brushstrokes, palette knife, or even digital compositions, he has always been a pictorial artists at heart. at the moment, his works are abstract, but that could change at any time. >> yes, there are a couple of things i want to paint. i will get back to that style some time. not about to hang up his brush any time soon. a lot going on in the art and the world in berlin and in europe and also the greek tragedy. we will be following that do not go away. captioned by the national captioning institute